At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Paul McIntosh, Personal Injury SolicitorsThompsons award winning trade union lawyers has secured compensation totalling almost £6,000 for an Greggs employee injured at work.

This month a safety limit on volume levels for all new personal music players such as iPods has been introduced to warn users of the dangers of listening to their music at an unsafe volume.

All personal music players and mobile phones sold within the EU must now have a sound limit of 85 Decibels (dB) although this can be increased by users themselves to 100dB. The sound limit is still above the 80 db which is recommended as the safe limit for users. This limit was set by a European Commission Assessment which noted that 80dB was a safe level no matter how long they were continuously used for at this level. Noise at this level is comparable to someone shouting or road traffic noise in the street.

Specialist trade union solicitors Thompsons have secured compensation totalling £9,000 for an elderly gentleman who developed a flesh eating disease following an accident.

Suzanne mcGraw, LawyerThe gentleman was walking on a public pavement in South Lanarkshire alongside a building site when he slipped and fell into a gap between the pavement and a makeshift fence. The fence had been erected by contractors but had been done so in such a way that it didn’t lie flush with the pavement, therefore leaving a gap.

A Wokingham business has been fined £28,000 and ordered to pay £22,631 in costs for failing to alert two subcontractors of the presence of asbestos in the workplace.

Gardener Mechanical Services Ltd had been contracted to carry out a mechanical upgrade in a room at Reading University. They subcontracted out the work to a Newbury based company who then subcontracted two self employed males to carry out the work.

Scottish Government court reform bill consultation launched

Patrick McGuire, Partner A Scottish Government consultation on court reform has today (Wednesday) been launched by Justice Minister Kenny McAskill MSP. The long awaited proposals are expected to pave the way for the biggest overhaul of Scottish courts for a generation.

Staffordshire City Council and a firm of building contractors hired to undertake refurbishment work in a local school have been fined £27,000 collectively for exposing nursery children, teaching staff and two joiners to asbestos fibres.

High street firm, Marks & Spencer, has been fined one million pounds after failing to properly investigate asbestos complaints. A judge has found that the lack of investigation into these asbestos claims has put customers and staff at risk of asbestos exposure for more than 10 years.

An investigatory programme carried out by the BBC found that a health and safety manager in 1998 complained to the chairman of the company, Sir Richard Greenbury, after a contractor complained that asbestos cladding was stripped using a sledgehammer and found that asbestos was ‘everywhere’ around the London Marble Arch store.

A change in politics has found Canada announcing its 130 year history of asbestos mining and exportation will be coming to an end. Politicians have also announced the end for the all too common practice of defending asbestos mining and exportation on the world stage.

A Unite member who was left brain damaged after being knocked from his bike by a car has been awarded £150,000 compensation.

The victim was cycling to work in November 2010 when he was hit by a car causing him to fall from his bike. He suffered head injuries which led to minor brain damage and was forced to give up his job following the accident.    

Specialist trade union lawyers Thompsons has helped a Unite member secure £16,500 compensation following an accident at work leaving him with permanent damage to his thumb.

Robert Kerr who works for paper manufacturing company UPM suffered a loss of tissue in his left thumb while operating machinery in May 2010. Mr Kerr’s thumb got caught between two rollers while removing paper from a super calendar machine.
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